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Ruptured Gallbladder
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Ruptured Gallbladder

I have a cousin who is dying of liver disease. He recently found out that he has gallstones, and that his gallbladder will rupture at some point, it's just a matter of time. Surgery is not an option, as his blood pressure is too low due to the liver disease. He was told he would die on the operating table if they tried to remove the gallbladder. The question is: What will happen when the gallbladder ruptures. Will he die immediately, or go into a coma, or suffer for a prolonged period? I can't seem to find the answer to this question anywhere. Please help!
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Dear Kirk, The question that you ask can not be answered with any reasonable degree of certainty.  However, there are approaches to prevent the gall bladder from rupturing.  If a gall bladder is dilated and there is no coagulopathy ( in the case of cirrhosis correction of coagulation abnormalities is often needed so that bleeding does not occur), then a radiologist can place a drain into the gallbladder to prevent rupture.  This procedure does not require general anesthetic and may allow some improvement and stabilization of ythe patient's condition.
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Dear Kirk, First I am sorry to hear about what your cousin is going through.  I'm sure it is a scary and sad time for all.  Your cousin is lucky that you are standing by him/her at this time when so many people will have given up.  It certainly sounds like a complicated case.  My husband had his gall bladder ruptue.  He was not sick with other complications as your cousin is, but it did not kill himm.  In fact, we aonly knew that it had ruptured when it was removed.  The surgeon said it was the ugliest gall bladder she had ever seen.  So, it caused him pain, but did not make him ill.  I know you case is very different, but I thought that this might help.  Good luck.
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I have had problems with my stomache for upwards of 11 or 12 years and I am 31 years old. The most common symptoms are I get very nauseated when eating food. Usually when I sit down to eat any meals, my stomache tightens up, and become very nauseated and usually vomit. I do not purposely bring this on... It just happens. I also have a very acidic stomache and problems with heart burn. I recently had my gall bladder removed because when I was sent to emergency with one of my more severe attacks, my white blood cell count was at 15,000; my liver was enlarged and three enzyme levels were elevated above normal; my spleen was enlarged, a small ulcer and my gall bladder was enlarged. Doctors hospitalized me for 5 days and ran a series of tests. They ruled every possible obvious thing out, and came to the conclusion that it was most likely my gall bladder that was the cause of such discomfort. I did experience a very pressure, bubbly feeling in the centre region and a little to the right kind of underneath my breast bone. When sucking in my breathe, it was tender to push on. They said I would have never fit the profile of a gall bladder patient because of my size and weight. I am 5'10" and 130lbs, but gall bladder disease does run in my family.
I was extremely hopeful that this was going to be the answer of my problems, but since the surgery (I am now approx 7 weeks post operative), I am realizing the same problem still exists, only now I don't have such a pressure/pain feeling. Just nausea... severe enough to usually result in vomitting.
I was wondering how your mom's nausea comes on and how long does it last, etc.
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Comment ( not intended as medical advice): For me the book 'Healing with Wholefoods' by Paul ?Pitchford??(not certain of last name) provided excellent practical advice about healing the liver and gallbladder.
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I'm sorry to report that my cousin passed away at about 9:00 PM this evening. Thanks to everyone for their help and concern.
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I had gallbladder surgery March 10,2000.    I notice the past three weeks that after eating I have a mild to moderate problem with acid     indigestion.  Can anyone tell me if this is a common problem or if it persist need to have it check out.
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Hi! My name is Karen, I had my gall bladder rupture on May 25 they did sugery and said I would be fine. I was told to eat what ever I wanted but in small amounts and no fried food so that was fine. Well the 3rd week I was told I had Pancitis and was put on a clear liguid diet for a week then could start slow on blan foods. I don't have the pain like with the gall stones now but stay just as sick. I stay so naues and when I put food in my mouth it is like my stomach just tighens up saying no food but you have to eat a baby can eat more than I can and it is getting very old. If any body can tell me how to eat again please do. I loose 2 LBS. a day now and can't keep this up any more.
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Pancreatitis can take quite a while to resolve.  If you continue to be unable to eat enough and keep losing weight, you may need to be hospitalized to keep up fluids and nutrition.  You're actually very lucky that the pain isn't too bad - pancreatitis is one of the most painful conditions you have.  Make sure you keep your doc informed as to how you're doing.
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